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Troy Matteson shot his second consecutive 61 to take the lead going into the final round of the Frys.com Open.

American Troy Matteson shot his second consecutive 61 to take a three-shot lead at the Frys.com Open after an amazing action-packed third round in Arizona that included three aces and an albatross.
Matteson holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th for his second 61 in two days, giving him a 36-hole total of 122 and setting a PGA Tour record. The previous consecutive-round scoring record was set by Mark Calcavecchia after he shot a 124 in the second and third rounds of the 2001 Phoenix Open, which was matched earlier this year by Pat Perez in the first two rounds of the The Bob Hope Classic.
Matteson’s round included 10 birdies and just one bogey to finish at 16-under on a Grayhawk Golf Course that encouraged competitive scores.
“It’s just been unbelievable. I’ve not even shot a 61 prior to this week,” said Matteson. “To shoot two of them? I don’t even know what to say.
“It’s amazing how fast golf changes. It’s just one day something clicks, and all of a sudden you get on a little run. Hopefully I can keep it going.”
But the story of the day belongs to American Nicholas Thompson, who started an amazing run of form on the ninth with a birdie to go par, albatross, par, ace, par, birdie to eventually take a share of 10th place with Justin Leonard on 11-under.
Thompson didn’t even see his albatross on the par 5 11th drop.
“I was sitting down in a valley on a downslope,” he said. “I hit the shot, and it went up. I heard some claps and I’m like, ‘Nice, it’s on the green’. And I see a guy throw his arms up in the air and I’m like, ‘Yes, tap-in eagle’. Then I hear them roar and I’m like, ‘Wait a minute. That’s a double eagle. Yes.’
“That was my second double eagle and my eighth hole-in-one. Never in the same round though, and I hadn’t had either of them in competition as a professional. So it was pretty cool experience. And to have them within three holes, pretty unbelievable.”
Thompson’s hole-in-one was one of three in the round, with Chad Campbell and Ted Purdy both claiming an ace on the 16th.
South African Tim Clark joined Americans Webb Simpson and Chris Stroud for a share of second place after shooting a bogey-free 65. Clark, who has finished in second place seven times on the PGA Tour, was philosophical about his chances of sealing a maiden Tour win on Sunday.
“Obviously I got myself right back in it,” said Clark. “Troy has played some great golf the last few days. If he hits it better it’s gonna be tough to catch him.”
Overnight co-leader and Tour rookie Ricky Fowler had a mixed round, carding an eagle, four birdies, one bogey, and two double bogeys to fall to T9. The 20-year-old is still optimistic about his chances of winning his first tournament after just five starts as a pro.
“[Troy] Matteson has played well and put up some solid rounds,” said Fowler. “It’s not always easy to play well that many days in a row. Someone else can come from a little further back and put up 61, 60 and put themselves right in it. There are a lot of guys are still in it.”
England’s Greg Owen had a disappointing third round, shooting one-over 73 to fall from a share of the lead to T19, eight shots off the pace.
All the third round scores & totals in the USPGA Tour Frys.com Open, Grayhawk GC (Raptor Course), Scottsdale, Arizona, United States of America.
(USA unless stated, par 70):

194 Troy Matteson 72 61 61
197 Chris Stroud 67 65 65, Tim Clark (Rsa) 68 64 65, Webb Simpson 68 65 64
198 Bill Lunde 66 67 65, Rickie Fowler 65 64 69, Nick O’Hern (Aus) 63 68 67, Ryan Moore 66 65 67, Jamie Lovemark 69 64 65
199 Justin Leonard 66 64 69, Nicholas Thompson 66 68 65
200 Ben Crane 66 67 67, Robert Garrigus 70 65 65, Heath Slocum 64 68 68, Stephen Ames (Can) 66 66 68
201 Pat Perez 66 67 68, Nathan Green (Aus) 69 66 66, Martin Laird (Sco) 67 72 62
202 Tim Herron 68 68 66, Bo Van Pelt 67 68 67, Bryce Molder 67 65 70, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 70 67 65, Greg Owen (Eng) 65 64 73, Jonathan Byrd 70 66 66, Mark Wilson 68 67 67
203 Spencer Levin 66 71 66, Peter Tomasulo 68 65 70, Arron Oberholser 68 69 66, John Merrick 72 65 66, Ted Purdy 72 67 64, Alex Cejka (Ger) 67 67 69, D.A. Points 65 71 67, Chad Campbell 68 67 68, Brian Vranesh 68 66 69, Ryan Palmer 69 66 68, Tim Petrovic 66 71 66, Rocco Mediate 67 66 70
204 Chris Riley 70 67 67, Scott McCarron 67 67 70, Steve Flesch 69 68 67, Billy Mayfair 66 70 68, Matt Bettencourt 69 70 65, John Mallinger 70 68 66, Tom Pernice Jnr. 67 69 68, Fred Couples 67 69 68, Mike Weir (Can) 66 67 71, D.J. Trahan 69 64 71
205 Kent Jones 71 67 67, Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 65 72 68, Tom Lehman 68 65 72, Chez Reavie 70 67 68, Stuart Appleby (Aus) 70 65 70
206 Vaughn Taylor 69 66 71, Colt Knost 71 66 69, Chris DiMarco 68 69 69, Greg Chalmers (Aus) 70 69 67, Matthew Jones (Aus) 67 68 71, Charlie Wi (Kor) 69 69 68, Jeff Klauk 66 70 70, J J Henry 69 67 70, Mark Calcavecchia 71 68 67, Brett Quigley 68 70 68, Paul Goydos 66 70 70, Andres Romero (Arg) 68 68 70, Bob Heintz 64 73 69, Jason Gore 70 68 68
207 Brian Davis (Eng) 70 67 70, Ricky Barnes 66 70 71, Steve Elkington (Aus) 68 71 68, Peter Lonard (Aus) 69 68 70
210 Steve Lowery 67 67 76, Parker McLachlin 70 68 72, Johnson Wagner 68 70 72
212 Michael Bradley 70 69 73, Brad Faxon 69 69 74, Glen Day 70 68 74
214 Aron Price (Aus) 70 69 75

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